Iranian Cleric Expresses Worries About Political and Economic Situation


Iranian Cleric Expresses Worries About Political and Economic Situation

A member of the Qom Seminary Scholars has raised concerns about low electoral participation and government economic policies in Iran. Mohammad-Taghi Fazel-Meybodi pointed out the low turnout in recent elections, with over 50% of the population abstaining from voting as a form of protest. He called on the government and authorities to listen to this message and be more responsive, especially with the upcoming presidential elections approaching.

Meybodi also cautioned against the Guardian Council’s practice of banning numerous candidates, warning that achieving unity would be difficult if certain groups continue to be marginalized. He emphasized the importance of cultivating unity within the country.

Expressing disappointment in the government’s performance, Meybodi criticized its failure to fulfill promises and effectively address the economic crisis. He noted that despite claims of efforts to control inflation, the actual inflation rate in the country contradicts official statistics, with a 47% increase rather than the reported 30% decrease.

Meybodi criticized hardliner cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda for defending the government and questioned his views on economic matters. He urged Alamolhoda to compare the inflation rates under President Hassan Rouhani and the current administration led by President Ebrahim Raisi to highlight the differences in performance.

Additionally, Meybodi indirectly referenced the misappropriation of land by Tehran’s interim Friday Prayer Imam, Kazem Seddiqi, suggesting that such actions have eroded the people’s trust in religious leaders. He highlighted the disconnect between rhetoric and reality, expressing doubt about the effectiveness of current policies in addressing economic challenges and promoting national unity.

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